Wikileaks’ Cablegate brengt de Amerikaanse regering erg in verlegenheid. Of zoals bovenstaande tweet het mooi samenvat: ‘The next G20 is going to be soooooo awkward…’
De ruim 250.000 leveren genoeg ‘dirt‘ op over politieke kopstukken zoals de ‘kleren van keizer‘ Sarkozy’, ‘de dikke tieten‘ van Ghaddaffi en de ‘ijdele‘ Berlusconi. Maar ook de kleinere spilfiguren in de diplomatiek moeten het ontgelden.
Bijvoorbeeld de Engelse prins Andrew, die niet de meest tactvolle gesprekspartner blijkt te zijn. Volgens een uitgelekt document ging ‘His Royal Highness’ nogal los op Britse journalisten, anticorruptie onderzoekers en verrassend genoeg de Fransen. Hoe legt Andrew dat uit de volgende keer dat ie met Sarkozy aan de kikkerbilletjes zit?
Hieronder hebben we de mooiste quotes uit het document op een rijtje gezet uitgelicht:
De keiharde zakenman
… Astonishingly candid, the discussion at times verged on the rude (from the British side) The Prince reacted with unmitigated patriotic fervor [...] However, when participants explained that some Kyrgyz feel that they were “unfairly” led in the 1990s to sign unfavorable contracts with Westerners, he evinced no sympathy. “A contract is a contract,” he insisted. “You have to take the rough with the smooth.”
Franse toestanden in Kirgizië
His colleagues all heartily agreed, with one pointing out that “nothing ever changes here. Before all you heard was Akayev’s son’s name. Now it’s Bakiyev’s son’s name.” At this point the Duke of York laughed uproariously, saying that: “All of this sounds exactly like France.”
Alweer de Fransen
Returning to what is obviously a favorite theme, Prince Andrew cracked: “They won’t need to make any changes to attract the French either!” Again turning thoughtful, the Prince mused that outsiders could do little to change the culture of corruption here. “They themselves have to have a change of heart. Just like you have to cure yourself of anorexia. No one else can do it for you.”
De Chinese bedreiging
His interlocutors told the Prince that while Russians are generally viewed sympathetically throughout the region, the Chinese are not. He nodded, terming Chinese economic and possibly other expansion in the region “probably inevitable, but a menace.”
He stated baldly that “the United Kingdom, Western Europe (and by extension you Americans too”) were now back in the thick of playing the Great Game. More animated than ever, he stated cockily: “And this time we aim to win!”
Over de topografische kennis van Amerikanen
Prince Andrew reached out to the Ambassador with cordiality and respect, evidently valuing her insights. However, he reacted with almost neuralgic patriotism whenever any comparison between the United States and United Kingdom came up. For example, one British businessman noted that despite the “overwhelming might of the American economy compared to ours” the amount of American and British investment in Kyrgyzstan was similar. Snapped the Duke: “No surprise there. The Americans don’t understand geography. Never have. In the U.K., we have the best geography teachers in the world!”